UN official to Myanmar's junta, Suu Kyi: diplomats

A senior United Nations official will visit Myanmar this weekend to meet the country's military rulers and recently released democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said on Friday.

Vijay Nambiar, chief of staff for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was probably coming to "feel the temperature" in the country following the first election in 20 years and Mr Suu Kyi's release from more than seven years of house arrest, one diplomat said on condition of anonymity because of diplomatic protocol.

Mr Nambiar is due to arrive in the main city Yangonon on Thrusday, they said.

Since her release Nov 7, Mr Suu Kyi has been busy meeting diplomats, UN representatives, politicians and international agencies.

The 65-year-old Nobel peace prize laureate has made it clear she plans to pursue her goal of a democratic Myanmar but has been careful not to verbally challenge the junta.

The ruling generals and their longtime arch-rival have had no contact since Mr Suu Kyi was freed from detention. she has called for face-to-face reconciliation talks with junta leader Gen Than Shwe.

A long line of UN officials, including Ban, have attempted to broker talks between the opposing sides, but despite numerous claims of "breakthroughs" have failed to bring them together.

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